Donovan has been at Valley for 29 years and has taught everything from 7th grade English to college prep English, seventh grade geography to 12th grade current world problems, psychology, and sociology, including directing the Washington State history classes and trips.
“I am thrilled with the honor and I appreciate the complimentary things that the students said in the nominations, but the truth is it feels awkward and humbling.When I think of everything that the members of this staff do for the students and each other, to be selected out of this staff feels a little awkward,” Donovan said. “I could go through each teacher and explain why I think all of them are more deserving of recognition than I am. . . I get the award but it is the whole educational community here that deserves it.”
Throughout the summer, WSECU chose two teachers of the week, each week, totaling 24 teachers who were recognized at the Mariner’s game for being outstanding educators. Each teacher was allowed to take a guest to the game where they sat in a fully catered skybox, and Donovan took his son, Jefferson.
Donovan was told that he was nominated by a number of students who wrote essays to the Teacher of the Week contest. “I don’t know who nominated me,” he explained, but he plans on thanking them once he finds out who did.
A radio spot in the Mariner’s broadcast was issued by WSECU for each teacher who was selected. “In addition to being a passionate and caring history teacher, Bradford’s enthusiasm for storytelling brings history to life for his students,” Donovan’s commercial said.
Donovan plans to use the $500 grant to increase technology use in his classroom by attending an iPad training.
“The iPad will allow me to access my computer and smart board while walking around my class,” Donovan said. “This will allow greater flexibility in the use of classroom technology and allow students to become involved without having to get up and go to the board.At the training, I am sure I will learn a lot more about classroom applications.”